Sunday, June 26, 2016
Planning for the End of Casket Making
Richard and I sat down a month ago and really plotted things out. We are right now nearing the end of the caskets that are in the queue that are on order from students and we wanted to plan forward for those that might be ordered, what I need for my project class upcoming, and his end to making them.
Richard will be retiring in 2021 and since this is already his second career (he used to own and operate a large engineering plastics plant), he and his lovely wife have already started traveling quite a bit (Iran was a fantastic trip they took just last year and he just got back from a trip to Ireland). So we made some hard decisions on when to wrap up making boxes and put January 2021 as the date of the last deliveries. Based on our historic volume, I put in orders for hardware and locks a month ago to tide us through 2019 and then we will plan our last wrap-up order of hardware and locks. We also estimated how many caskets could be made between now and then.
This means that students who are thinking about ordering a casket should consider putting it on order
I wanted to give all the students past, present and future a long warning period that we would stop making caskets because of the long payment cycles and making time. I am not sure yet when we will have to stop taking orders - as that will be a fluid thing based on how many are in the queue and the time frame to manufacture any remaining locks needed. But it could be six-nine months before he stops making them.
If anyone wants to reserve one and needs to go on a longer payment plan than offered - let me know and we can work something out. I have streamlined the ordering method on my website to make it easier to get that done.
Just to recap - there are four full-sized cabinet options available that range from $375 - $2640. And don't be fooled by the lesser priced options as being too simple. In fact, the simplicity allows for even greater embellishing and 'tricking' out. Some students have made doors in the lids by adding wood dividers that are embroidered, installed beautiful music boxes in the bottoms and false bottoms to expand the complexity, and I know there are gardens underway slowing growing in silk inside some of the cavities! So in many ways the most inexpensive of the caskets will end up some of the most stunning and complex.
And yes - that was planned...